Foreign Affairs

The presidency and endless war

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The Presidential Ideas Festival was held May 21-23, 2019.

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October 01, 2020

Gina Bennett, Ashley Deeks, Eric Edelman, Seth G. Jones, Carter Malkasian , Stephen D. Mull, Aaron O’Connell, Anne Patterson, William B. Quandt, Marc Selverstone, Allan C. Stam, Stephen Wertheim, Katie Bo Williams, Brantly Womack, Philip Zelikow, Rebecca Zimmerman

Hosted by William Antholis

Since 1776, the United States has been at war 93 percent of the time—227 out of 244 years, according to Global Research. Why is that? And what does it mean for the future of our nation, at home and abroad? This half-day public conference will focus on the roots, management, and direction of so-called “endless wars.” During the five sessions, speakers will consider the political, legal, military, cultural, and governance implications of remaining engaged in these indefinite conflicts, and the future prospects of fighting a “forever war." The William and Carol Stevenson Conference is a biennial conference that focuses on issues of national and international importance. The Miller Center is deeply grateful to the Stevenson family for its support of our work.